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Saab to deliver a property management system to the Port of Brownsville

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Saab has been awarded a contract to extend the Port Management Information System (PMIS) at the Port of Brownsville in Texas with a module to digitise property management. The support from this software is expected to boost staff productivity and customer service, as lease agreements will be executed faster and with greater accuracy.

In terms of lands owned, Port of Brownsville with 40 000 acres represents the upper end of the wide range of ports, large and small, that Saab serves.

At any given moment, the Port of Brownsville, with over a million square feet in covered properties and three million square feet outdoors, needs to manage over two hundred leases. These leases sometimes have very complicated tariffs, depending for example on the amount of cargo that is handled at the leased property, with minimum tariffs. Saab extends their PortControl PMIS, in operation since 2013, with a module that accurately handles the details of those complex contracts, including automated workflows, lease renewal reminders and billing.

“This contract was won in stiff competition with another vendor”, says Tomas Hjelmberg, Head of Maritime Traffic Management at Saab, “The deciding factor in the choice for us is that we bring maritime know-how to the table. The property management module is not a generic solution, but is configured to meet the specific needs of the port. Integration with the existing billing module makes it easy for the staff to swiftly put it into operation”.

“This new automated system will enable us to streamline the process for managing all tenant leases at the Port of Brownsville,” said Port Director and CEO Eduardo A. Campirano. “As the largest land-owning port authority in the U.S. with 273 active leases, it is necessary to have a faster and transparent system to help us improve staff efficiency and optimize the service we provide to our current and future tenants.”

The property management extension goes live in Q3 of 2021.


About the Port of Brownsville
The Port of Brownsville is the only deepwater seaport directly on the U.S.-Mexico border, and the largest land-owning public port authority in the nation with 40,000 acres of land. It transships more steel into Mexico than any other U.S. port. With more than $40 billion worth of projects currently in the works, the Port of Brownsville is transforming the Rio Grande Valley by creating positive investment opportunities and new good paying jobs.